current status: Off season (on 40-man roster)
#36 P | 6'4", 230 lbs. | Detroit
Birth Date:November 22, 1974 (39 years old) Place of Birth:Houston, TX Hometown:Middletown, NY
Drafted:Drafted by San Francisco in 1995 (6th round).
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2013.
Drafted:Drafted by San Francisco in 1995 (6th round).
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2013.
|Assets:||Has plenty of mound presence. Throws many strikes and does so early in counts. His demeanor is ideal for the closer role: competitive, cool and fiery.|
|Flaws:||Years of heavy appearance totals has led to some decline. Also, left-handed batters make him somewhat more vulnerable on the mound.|
|Career Potential:||Savvy veteran late-inning reliever.|
Career Honors & Awards
|AL||Rolaids Relief Man||2009 (Shared with Mariano Rivera)|
|Named to the All-Star Game||2012, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2004|
Movements & Injuries
|12/03/2013||Signed as a free agent by the Detroit Tigers to a two-year contract.|
|11/01/2013||Declined to exercise his contract option with the Texas Rangers for next season.|
|9/19/2012||Missed 4 games (right arm injury).|
|9/14/2012||Right arm injury, day-to-day.|
|8/07/2012||Missed 4 games (fatigue).|
|11/21/2011||Signed as a free agent by the Texas Rangers to a two-year contract.|
|10/30/2011||Declared free agent.|
|10/25/2011||Minnesota Twins declined their contract option for the 2012 season.|
|6/23/2011||Missed 23 games (right flexor strain).|
|5/28/2011||Right flexor strain, 15-day DL (retroactive to May 24th, 2011).|
|11/03/2010||Missed all 162 regular season and all 3 playoff games (Tommy John surgery).|
|4/14/2010||Transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL (Tommy John surgery).|
|3/31/2010||Tommy John surgery, early September (retroactive to March 26th, 2010).|
|3/24/2008||Signed by the Minnesota Twins to a three-year contract extension with a club option for 2012.|
|10/29/2007||Minnesota Twins exercised their club option for the 2008 season.|
|3/04/2005||Re-signed by the Minnesota Twins to a two-year contract.|
|3/05/2004||Re-signed by the Minnesota Twins to a two-year contract.|
|11/14/2003||Acquired from the San Francisco Giants.|
|3/02/2003||Re-signed by the San Francisco Giants to a one-year contract.|
|10/02/2002||Did not make the 25-man playoff roster.|
|9/03/2002||Recalled from Fresno (AAA).|
|3/27/2001||Optioned to Fresno (AAA).|
|12/03/2013||Signed as a free agent by the Detroit Tigers.|
|11/21/2011||Signed as a free agent by the Texas Rangers.|
|11/14/2003||San Francisco Giants traded Joe Nathan, Boof Bonser and Francisco Liriano to the Minnesota Twins for A.J. Pierzynski and a player to be named or cash considerations.|
|6/01/1995||Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 6th round (159th overall) in 1995.|
Tigers closer Joe Nathan threw a perfect ninth inning to preserve a 3-0 lead and capture his 35th save of the season on Sunday. | 09/28/2014 6:33 PM
NewsTigers closer Joe Nathan threw a perfect ninth inning to preserve a 3-0 lead and capture his 35th save of the season on Sunday.
ImpactThe Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to give Nathan a three-run cushion. Nathan ends the season with a 4.81 ERA, the 10th highest mark in the history of the league to have recorded 30 saves or more. Since July, his ERA has been under 3.50, but overall, there still isn't much confidence he will get the job done in the playoffs.
Tigers closer Joe Nathan walked another tight line, but was able to shut the door for his 33rd save against the Royals, on Saturday afternoon. | 09/20/2014 5:16 PM
NewsTigers closer Joe Nathan walked another tight line, but was able to shut the door for his 33rd save against the Royals, on Saturday afternoon.
ImpactKansas City was able to get guys guys on 2nd and 3rd with two outs, but Nathan got Raul Ibanez to ground out to first to end the game. While he has a nice number of saves, Nathan's 5.01 ERA continues to be extremely alarming.
Tigers closer Joe Nathan blew his seventh save of the year, allowing two runs in the ninth as Detroit lost to Minnesota, 4-3. | 09/16/2014 11:35 PM
NewsTigers closer Joe Nathan blew his seventh save of the year, allowing two runs in the ninth as Detroit lost to Minnesota, 4-3.
ImpactNathan is 4-4 but has converted just 32 out of 39 save opportunities in 2014. He also has a 5.10 ERA and 1.57 WHIP. Nathan should have been out of your lineup awhile ago.
Tigers closer Joe Nathan has been unavailable the last few days due to right elbow tenderness. | 09/08/2014 3:31 PM
NewsTigers closer Joe Nathan has been unavailable the last few days due to right elbow tenderness.
ImpactThe Tigers have not had a save opportunity since Sept. 2. Nathan is supposedly available on Monday against the Royals but this something to keep your eye on the last three weeks of the year. Nathan has struggled this year with a 5.04 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in 53 appearances.
Tigers closer Joe Nathan continued to struggle on the mound, yielding a run in the ninth to blow the win for Max Scherzer. | 08/09/2014 6:58 PM
NewsTigers closer Joe Nathan continued to struggle on the mound, yielding a run in the ninth to blow the win for Max Scherzer.
ImpactManager Brad Ausmus said he would stick with Nathan, but with the injury to Joakim Soria he didn't really have another good option. Nathan's ERA is up to 5.36.
Tigers closer Joe Nathan allowed a walk and a hit Friday but ultimately closed out the Rockies for a 4-2 win. | 08/01/2014 10:11 PM
NewsTigers closer Joe Nathan allowed a walk and a hit Friday but ultimately closed out the Rockies for a 4-2 win.
ImpactNathan has saved two games and thrown three straight scoreless innings since the team acquired Joakim Soria.
Ausmus not considering replacing Nathan | 07/20/2014 9:31 AM
NewsTigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that he's "not near that point" to replace Joe Nathan at closer.
ImpactNathan on Saturday allowed a bases-clearing double, which was preceded by a double and two walks (one intentional). He's been scored upon in 10 of his last 20 appearances and holds a 9.00 ERA over that stretch. Yet, Ausmus is sticking by his veteran closer. "I'm sure there's a possibility I could reach a point sometime," he said. "I'm not near that point. I'll let you know when I am."
Joe Nathan slams door on Royals in ninth | 07/11/2014 11:18 PM
NewsJoe Nathan slammed the door on the Royals in the ninth inning on Friday, preserving a one-run advantage and earning his 19th save of the season.
ImpactThe 39-year-old closer has pitched better of late, but still owns a troublesome 5.61 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and 35/14 K/BB ratio over 33 2/3 innings on the season. He isn't a good bet to magically turn his season around and improve his ratios, but should continue to be able to rack up saves at the back of the Tigers bullpen.
Joe Nathan nails down 18th save | 07/09/2014 4:08 PM
NewsJoe Nathan struck out two over a perfect inning to convert his 18th save of the season in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers.
ImpactIt was a painless ninth inning, as Nathan entered to protect a three-run lead and got Hanley Ramirez to ground out and Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp to go down swinging. Nathan has converted three straight save chances, but it's certainly been a shaky year overall with a 5.79 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and five blown saves.
Nathan earns 16th save of season vs. Rangers | 06/26/2014 1:00 AM
NewsJoe Nathan earned his 16th save of the season Wednesday in the Tigers' defeat of the Rangers.
ImpactNathan was again shaky, however, yielding a one-out double to Shin-Soo Choo and an RBI single to Adrian Beltre before rallying for the final two outs. The veteran right-hander has a brutal 6.28 ERA and 1.60 WHIP on the season. Joba Chamberlain should get his shot eventually.
Nathan blows another save, but Tigers win | 06/21/2014 11:08 PM
NewsJoe Nathan blew his fifth save of the season Saturday in the Tigers' win over the Indians.
ImpactDetroit bounced back to win the game in extras, with Phil Coke earning the save. Nathan was impressive on Thursday afternoon against the Royals, striking out the side to collect his 14th save, but the 39-year-old's season-long problems returned on Saturday night in Cleveland. Joba Chamberlain remains a must-stash in all mixed and AL-only fantasy leagues.
Nathan fans three, Tigers snap KC win streak | 06/19/2014 3:43 PM
NewsJoe Nathan earned his 14th save of the season Thursday in the Tigers' 2-1 defeat of the Royals.
ImpactAnd the Royals' winning streak has ended at 10 games. Nathan was sharp, striking out all three batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning on just 15 pitches. It was an important bounceback appearance for the veteran right-hander, who has not been good this season. He hadn't struck out the side since last August.
Joe Nathan struggles in non-save situation | 06/13/2014 10:29 PM
NewsJoe Nathan struggled again in a non-save situation against the Twins on Friday, allowing an unearned run on two walks and a hit batsmen in 2/3 of an inning.
ImpactTo be fair, Nathan should have been out of the inning without any damage, as an errant throw from shortstop Eugenio Suarez allowed the leadoff man to reach. He has been simply pitiful on the mound this season, posting a 6.85 ERA and 1.61 WHIP over his 23 2/3 innings.
Ausmus sticking with Nathan at closer | 06/09/2014 8:54 PM
NewsTigers manager Brad Ausmus said Monday that he's "not even considering" removing Joe Nathan from his closer role.
ImpactJoba Chamberlain got the save chance Sunday (and blew it), but that was only because Nathan had pitched in two straight games. Nathan holds an ugly 7.04 ERA for the season, but he'll remain in the ninth inning indefinitely. "I'm not really thinking that far ahead. Right now, Joe is and has been the closer the whole year," Ausmus said. "The only times he hasn't closed have been games that I've felt it was best to give him a rest. If there's a bridge that needs to be crossed sometime down the road, I'll cross it. Right now, I'm not even considering it."
Joe Nathan shaky in non-save opportunity | 06/08/2014 12:20 AM
NewsAfter taking over with a four-run lead, Joe Nathan gave up two runs and four hits in the ninth Saturday against the Red Sox.
ImpactHad Joba Chamberlain not pitched the eighth, he probably would have taken over for Nathan at some point in the ninth tonight, likely after the third hit. As it was, Brad Ausmus figured Nathan was still the best option to finish it, and he managed to escape, getting Stephen Drew to fly out to end it. It was Nathan's fourth lousy appearances in the last five, but it still doesn't figure to cost him the closer's role, at least not yet. He will almost certainly need Sunday off now after pitching a scoreless inning Friday and throwing 32 pitches tonight. Chamberlain would also be working a third straight day tomorrow, but he could go anyway.
Joe Nathan likely to remain Tigers' closer | 06/04/2014 9:47 AM
NewsTigers manager Brad Ausmus indicated after Tuesday's game that he plans to stick with Joe Nathan as the team's closer.
ImpactNathan was rocked for four runs over two-thirds of an inning after entering in the ninth inning of a tie game. The closer has allowed eight runs over his last three appearances and 10 runs over his last six games to push his ERA all the way up to 6.86. "First of all, that one pitch (the full-counter to Gose) was pretty darn close, quite frankly," Ausmus said. "Joe's been very good for a very long time, and I expect him to be very good for the Tigers. And he expects himself to be very good. But even the best have rough times." While it appears Nathan will remain in the ninth inning for now, fantasy owners would be wise to scoop up Joba Chamberlain just in case.
Joe Nathan gives up two runs, records save | 05/29/2014 7:31 PM
NewsJoe Nathan surrendered two runs and three hits in the ninth inning Thursday, but he still picked up a save against the A's.
ImpactThe inning started with a double and a groundout that advanced the runner. Yoenis Cespedes then hit a grounder to short that should have been turned into an out, but Andrew Romine backed up on the ball and then made a poor throw. This being 2014, it was ruled an RBI single, of course. After a strikeout for the second out of the inning, Josh Reddick doubled and Nick Punto worked a long walk. However, Jed Lowrie grounded out to end it. Nathan was coming off a blown save in Wednesday's game. He has more blown saves (four), homers allowed (four) and runs allowed (12) in 20 2/3 innings this year than he did in 64 2/3 innings last year. Still, we don't see any reason for panic. Joba Chamberlain is next in line for saves in the Detroit pen, but we don't think it will come to that.
Nathan fails to record out in blown save | 05/29/2014 12:46 AM
NewsJoe Nathan blew his fourth save and was slapped with his first loss of the season by allowing two runs without a recording an out in a 3-1 loss to the A's Wednesday.
ImpactBrad Ausmus gave Anibal Sanchez the opportunity to finish off a shutout in a 1-0 game, but Coco Crisp's double on his 111th pitch prompted Nathan's involvement. The veteran stopper wouldn't be faulted for being sore with Nick Castellanos, who failed to come down with a John Jaso bloop that he should have had, sending Crisp to third. It's possible Castellanos could have doubled off Crisp if he completed the catch. Instead, Nathan hung a breaking ball to Josh Donaldson. Nathan has pitched in consecutive days, so Joba Chamberlain might get a chance if a closer is needed in Oakland on Thursday afternoon.
Nathan notches 12th save in win against A's | 05/28/2014 1:44 AM
NewsJoe Nathan picked up his 12th save and struck out a batter in a scoreless ninth inning as the Tigers defeated the A's on Tuesday.
ImpactThe 39-year-old right-hander hasn't allowed a run in 12 of his last 13 appearances, which has allowed him to chisel his ERA down to 3.66 after a rocky start to the year. Nathan ranks third in the American League in saves and has a lower WHIP (1.07) than Greg Holland, Jonathan Papelbon and Kenley Jansen.
Joe Nathan blows third save of 2014 | 05/21/2014 5:36 PM
NewsJoe Nathan blew his third save of the season when he served up a two-run homer to former teammate David Murphy in Wednesday's loss to the Indians.
ImpactNathan allowed a one-out single to Michael Brantley before Murphy took him over the right-field wall. The veteran closer now holds a 4.08 ERA on the season and has already surrendered three longballs after giving up just two last season. However, he entered the day with a 10-inning scoreless streak, so it's hard to be too worried about him at this point.
Joe Nathan picks up fourth straight save | 05/16/2014 11:28 PM
NewsJoe Nathan saved his fourth consecutive game on Friday, working a perfect inning to maintain a one-run lead over the Red Sox.
ImpactHe's been absolutely terrific since getting over an early season dead-arm period, and has been the rock that the Tigers desperately needed at the back of their bullpen. The 39-year-old right-hander now sports a 3.24 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 15/8 K/BB ratio through 16 2/3 frames on the year.
Joe Nathan converts 10th save Wednesday | 05/14/2014 4:22 PM
NewsJoe Nathan nailed down his 10th save of the season with a scoreless inning in Wednesday's win over the Orioles.
ImpactNathan should have had a perfect inning, as he had Chris Davis struck out on a 2-2 pitch that was called a ball before eventually walking him. However, he then got Nelson Cruz to ground out weakly to end it. Nathan is unscored upon in his last nine appearances.
Nathan picks up his ninth save in Tigers' win | 05/13/2014 10:33 PM
NewsJoe Nathan converted his ninth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning against the Orioles on Tuesday.
ImpactNathan worked around a one-out single in a low-pressure ninth inning as he had a three-run cushion with which to work. Tuesday's outing marks eight scoreless appearances in a row for the right-hander, rebounding nicely after a few bumpy outings in the beginning of the season.
Joe Nathan slams door on Astros on Monday | 05/05/2014 10:17 PM
NewsJoe Nathan needed just 13 pitches to slam the door on the Astros in the ninth inning on Monday, preserving a 2-0 victory for the Tigers.
ImpactNathan secured his sixth save of the season for his efforts. He did allow a leadoff walk to Dexter Fowler, but he was gunned down attempting to steal second base. The veteran right-hander now sports a 4.63 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 12/6 K/BB ratio through his first 11 2/3 frames.
Nathan closes out White Sox for fifth save | 04/30/2014 12:29 AM
NewsJoe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth inning against the White Sox for his fifth save of the season Tuesday.
ImpactProtecting a one-run lead, Nathan retired Alejandro De Aza, Tyler Flowers and pinch hitter Paul Konerko to preserve the victory. It was Nathan's fifth save in seven chances, and he has converted four straight opportunities since suffering his second blown save on April 9.
Joe Nathan records fourth save | 04/24/2014 5:04 PM
NewsJoe Nathan worked a hitless ninth inning on Thursday for his fourth save of the year.
ImpactNathan has allowed one run in five innings since complaining of a dead arm earlier this month. He's also converted his last three save chances after blowing two of the first three.
Joe Nathan thinks he's over 'dead arm' | 04/18/2014 11:03 AM
NewsJoe Nathan said his arm felt "a lot livelier" while recording a save during a perfect inning Thursday.
ImpactNathan admitted last week that he was going through a "dead arm" phase, but it sounds like it could be behind him. "Today was more how I felt, being able to finish," Nathan said Thursday. "My velocity is what it's going to be, but moreso I was locating where I wanted to. But it did feel like it was a lot livelier. There's different 91s, different 92s, but today, at least finishing pitches, it felt like it was jumping out of my hand better."
Nathan has ugly blown save against Dodgers | 04/10/2014 2:35 AM
NewsJoe Nathan imploded Wednesday against the Dodgers, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks.
ImpactEntering a 6-3 game, Nathan coughed up a leadoff homer to Adrian Gonzalez and then walked Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp consecutively. Juan Uribe moved both up with a single that loaded the bases with no outs. Nathan struck out pinch-hitter Yasiel Puig, and then induced a Scott Van Slyke fielder's choice ground out to third that plated Ethier. Dee Gordon's single tied the affair and Nathan mercilessly watched as Carl Crawford's bloop fly ended up in Rajai Davis' glove. The 39-year-old told the media he had "dead arm" before Wednesday's game, commenting: "It's not even newsworthy." Perhaps he's unaware that the alternate explanation for his struggles is far worse -- the end always comes unexpectedly. It's too early to say, obviously, but Nathan owns a 12.27 ERA and 2.73 WHIP over his first four outings. Because of baseball's antiquated way of awarding wins, fantasy owners can at least take solace in his 2-0 record, including the victory tonight.
Joe Nathan blows save but Tigers still win | 04/02/2014 4:43 PM
NewsJoe Nathan suffered his first blown save as a Tiger Wednesday, allowing a run on a hit and two walks.
ImpactNathan looked a little off from the get-go in this appearance. Trying to protect a 1-0 lead, he gave up a one-out single and then issued back-to-back walks before an Alex Gordon sac fly tied the game. Nathan then committed a balk but was able to escape further damage before the Tigers eventually won in the 10th. He showed last season that he can get by with diminished velocity, but Nathan will have to have better command than he did in this one.
Joe Nathan gives up four runs in loss | 03/23/2014 5:03 PM
NewsJoe Nathan gave up four runs in one-third of an inning Sunday to take a loss in relief.
ImpactNathan's velocity hasn't been the greatest this spring, but that's typical for him; he usually dials it up a bit once the season gets started. Despite that, he had allowed just two hits in six scoreless innings prior to today. We're unconcerned.
Joe Nathan getting two years, $20M from DET | 12/03/2013 3:31 PM
NewsFOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Joe Nathan's two-year contract with the Tigers is worth around $20 million.
Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
ImpactNathan declined his $9.5 million option with the Rangers after the season in hopes of finding a multi-year deal in free agency. Not only did he find it with Detroit, but he's also getting more money per year. It's well deserved after he posted a 2.09 ERA over the past two seasons.
Tigers, Joe Nathan reach two-year deal | 12/03/2013 11:53 AM
NewsCBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Tigers will give a two-year deal to Joe Nathan.
Jon Heyman on Twitter
ImpactExact terms aren't yet available. It's not often that you see a two-year deal for a 39-year-old closer, but Nathan has been in near-vintage form after making his way back from Tommy John surgery. He'll remain one of the top fantasy closers on a talented team in Detroit.
Report: Tigers close to signing Joe Nathan | 12/03/2013 11:18 AM
NewsAccording to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi, the Tigers are close to signing closer Joe Nathan.
Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
ImpactNo word on the terms involved. The Tigers have been a logical fit all along, but the Doug Fister deal cleared the appropriate salary to get a deal done. Nathan has posted a 2.09 ERA over the past two seasons while going 80-for-86 in save chances, so he should be an upgrade in the closer role for Detroit.
Joe Nathan likes Tigers, Angels, Yankees | 11/18/2013 5:36 PM
NewsJoe Nathan said during an appearance on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Monday that he sees the Tigers, Angels, and Yankees as possible fits.
Jim Bowden on Twitter
ImpactAll three teams are logical designations, but nothing appears to be imminent. Nathan turned down his part of a mutual option with the Rangers following the season and hopes to land a multi-year contract on the open market.
Yankees have been in contact with Joe Nathan | 11/15/2013 12:27 PM
NewsAndy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that the Yankees have "had contact" with Joe Nathan.
ImpactThe club has refused to anoint David Robertson as their new ninth inning man following the retirement of Mariano Rivera, as they want to see what's available via free agency first. They've also been in contact with Grant Balfour's reps. Nathan is also drawing heavy interest from the Tigers.
'Mutual interest' between Tigers, Joe Nathan | 11/11/2013 6:42 PM
NewsFOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that "mutual interest has developed already" between the Tigers and Joe Nathan.
Jon Morosi on Twitter
ImpactAfter Nathan declined his 2014 option earlier this month, the speculation that he could sign with the Tigers was immediate. It makes a ton of sense for both sides, as the Tigers are World Series contenders but are looking for some stability at the back-end of the bullpen. Nathan is coming off a season where he put up a 1.39 ERA while striking out over a batter per inning.
Nathan 'absolutely perfect fit' for Detroit | 11/05/2013 9:56 AM
NewsESPN's Buster Olney wrote that free agent closer Joe Nathan would "be an absolutely perfect fit" for the Tigers.
Buster Olney on Twitter
ImpactNathan, of course, pitched for several years in the AL Central as a member of the Twins. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said over the weekend that his team will pursue an experienced closer this winter. Joaquin Benoit is an option, but most expect the incumbent to be replaced from outside the organization. Nathan is the best option on the free agent market. It's going to take multiple years to acquire his signature.
Rangers unlikely to bring back Joe Nathan | 11/03/2013 9:42 AM
NewsRangers general manager Jon Daniels indicated Friday that the club is unlikely to re-sign Joe Nathan.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
ImpactNathan became a free agent when he declined his portion of the $9.5 million mutual option for 2014. He'd like to return to the Rangers on a two-year deal, but the team would rather spend their money elsewhere and is confident in the other options they have at closer. "We feel like the bullpen in general is an area of strength for us and an area of depth," Daniels said. "I would expect our closer, ultimately, to be, barring something unforeseen at this point, somebody already in the organization." Joakim Soria, Neftali Feliz, Tanner Scheppers and Alexi Ogando are options to close for Texas in 2014.
Joe Nathan declines mutual option for 2014 | 11/01/2013 5:22 PM
NewsRHP Joe Nathan declined his $9.5 million mutual option for 2014.
Anthony Andro on Twitter
ImpactNathan wants to re-sign with the Rangers but wants to do so on a multi-year deal. The Rangers are open to bringing him back, but they also believe they have some worthy replacements in case something can't be worked out. Nathan will turn 39 later this month, but he should be able to get a two-year deal after posting a 1.39 ERA and striking out over a batter per inning this season.
Rangers expect Joe Nathan to decline option | 10/18/2013 1:41 PM
NewsThe Rangers expect Joe Nathan to decline his $9.5 million option for 2014.
ImpactNathan triggered the option when he appeared in his 55th game of the season last month. He remains interested in staying with the Rangers but wants to do so on a multi-year deal. Meanwhile, the Rangers are preparing possible backup plans in Joakim Soria, Neftali Feliz and Tanner Scheppers. The club hasn't given up hope on Feliz as a starter, but his 2014 role remains up in the air.
Joe Nathan looking for multi-year deal | 09/21/2013 9:38 AM
NewsJoe Nathan has indicated his desire to remain with the Rangers, but would like to secure a multi-year deal.
ImpactNathan appeared in his 55th game of the season on Thursday, triggering an option in his contract where he can void the Rangers $9.5 million option for 2014 and become a free agent if he desires. Nathan noted that the incentive is in place solely to gain bargaining power in securing a multi-year deal, and maintains that he'd rather stay with the Rangers that move elsewhere.
Nathan earns 33rd save, Rangers beat Angels | 08/06/2013 1:25 AM
NewsJoe Nathan notched his 33rd save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning against the Angels on Monday.
ImpactThe veteran closer walked a batter and struck out another. The Rangers interestingly shopped Nathan prior to the trading deadline, but ended up holding onto the 38-year-old. That was probably for the best, as Nathan boasts a 1.58 ERA and 0.90 WHIP through 48 appearances.
Report: Tigers interested in Joe Nathan | 07/28/2013 10:08 PM
NewsFOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports the Tigers have been involved in trade talks for Joe Nathan.
Jon Morosi on Twitter
ImpactThe Rangers have had internal discussions about possibly trading Nathan, but there hasn't been any momentum towards a deal and the Tigers are unlikely to meet their asking price. Nathan, 38, currently ranks third in the AL with 32 saves and has 1.73 ERA in 44 appearances. If traded, he would likely be replaced by Joakim Soria.
Rangers may be willing to listen on Nathan | 07/27/2013 11:49 PM
NewsThe Rangers have had internal discussions about possibly trading closer Joe Nathan, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
ImpactSuch a move would be a huge shock for a team intent on making a World Series run. Nathan has 32 saves and a 1.73 ERA this season, and he was the American League's closer in the All-Star game just a few weeks ago. While it still seems to be a longshot, it's worth monitoring the situation in the coming days. Rosenthal suggested Joakim Soria could fill in as the team's closer if Nathan does end up getting moved.
Nathan suffers second blown save vs. Yankees | 07/23/2013 11:45 PM
NewsJoe Nathan blew his second save of the season on Tuesday, allowing two runs in 2/3 of an inning against the Yankees.
ImpactNathan got an out before walking Vernon Wells, allowing a triple to Eduardo Nunez and surrendering a single to Brent Lillibridge -- not exactly a murderer's row of batters. Even so, the blown save was his first since May 26 and he's converted 31 of 33 chances on the season. He may be in for a bit of regression from his 1.74 ERA, but there's no reason to be concerned about the 38-year-old.
RP Joe Nathan has a 0.73 ERA since May 15 | 07/21/2013 2:54 PM
NewsJoe Nathan has posted a 0.73 ERA over 25 appearances since May 15.
ImpactThe veteran closer has given up just two runs over 24 2/3 innings in that span, restraining batters to a diseased .103/.145/.154 slash line and posting a 27/4 K/BB rate. Nathan, 38, is third in the American League with 30 saves. He remains one of the game's elite closers.
Nathan has allowed just one run since May 26 | 07/10/2013 8:59 PM
NewsJoe Nathan has allowed just one run since May 26.
ImpactIn 20 appearances over that span, Nathan has failed to strike out a batter in just two games. The veteran right-hander has posted an amazing 1.36 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 42/10 K/BB rate over 39 2/3 innings. He's first in the American League with 30 saves and has a chance to surpass his career-high of 47 saves, set in 2009 as a member of the Twins.
Nathan notches his 25th save of the season | 06/24/2013 2:49 AM
NewsJoe Nathan notched his 25th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning against the Cardinals on Sunday.
ImpactThe veteran right-hander made things interesting, allowing two hits. With runners on first and second and just one out in a 2-1 game, extra innings was a possibility, which just seemed cruel to all parties involved after a three-hour delay pushed the Sunday Night Baseball game into the early-morning hours and past the six-hour mark. Thankfully for Texas, Pete Kozma lined out to third and Shane Robinson was doubled off second to end the marathon. Nathan, the ageless wonder, has a 1.67 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and a 32/10 K/BB rate over 34 appearances.
Joe Nathan nails down 19th save | 06/09/2013 4:29 PM
NewsJoe Nathan recorded his 19th save of the season with a scoreless inning in Sunday's win over the Blue Jays.
ImpactIt wasn't easy, as Nathan allowed a leadoff walk before the next batter reached on an error. But, after a sac bunt, Nathan struck out Jose Bautista and then got Edwin Encarnacion to pop out to end it. The veteran closer has been excellent this season, sporting a 1.78 ERA and 0.83 WHIP while converting 19 of 20 save chances.
Nathan blows first save of 2013 vs. Mariners | 05/27/2013 4:37 AM
NewsJoe Nathan blew his first save in Sunday's 13-inning loss to the Mariners.
ImpactNathan allowed a solo homer to Raul Ibanez in the 11th inning, erasing a one-run lead. Seattle won two frames later. Nathan is 16-for-17 in save conversions to go with a 2.21 ERA and 0.98 WHIP over 22 appearances.
Joe Nathan earns 12th save against A's | 05/15/2013 1:56 AM
NewsJoe Nathan notched a save despite giving up a run in the 10th against the A's on Tuesday.
ImpactFortunately for Nathan, Seth Smith's first bid for a double with two men on was pulled just foul. Smith followed that up with an actual double, but unlike the first one, it wasn't in a spot that could score John Jaso as the tying run from first. Nathan then got out of the jam from there. He's been a bit shaky with his velocity down this year, but he still has a nice enough 2.40 ERA to go along with his 12 saves.
Nathan gets ninth save, Rangers top Brewers | 05/08/2013 11:16 PM
NewsJoe Nathan collected his ninth save of the season Wednesday in the Rangers' win over the Brewers.
ImpactNathan allowed a double to Carlos Gomez but retired the other three batters he faced. He has a stellar 1.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 13/2 K/BB ratio through 12 innings this season and should remain an elite fantasy closer all year.
Nathan pitches in non-save situation Saturday | 05/04/2013 11:24 PM
NewsJoe Nathan pitched a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a 5-1 win for the Rangers over the Red Sox on Saturday.
ImpactIt was a non-save situation for the Rangers closer, who hadn't pitched in a week before the outing. The Rangers had only won two games in that time, and neither were close enough to warrant use of the veteran. His sparing use isn't a commentary on his standing with the club -- the next time the Rangers need a save, we're betting it's Nathan who gets the call.
Nathan allows homer, converts eighth save | 04/26/2013 11:09 PM
NewsJoe Nathan served up a homer to Oswaldo Arcia in the ninth inning on Friday, but was still able to convert his eighth save of the season.
ImpactNathan entered with two men on base and the Rangers leading 4-0, but Arcia's three-run homer made things much closer. Still, the veteran stopper battled back and preserved the one-run victory. He now owns a 2.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 10/1 K/BB ratio on the season, and remains one of the finest closers in the league.
Joe Nathan moves to 7-for-7 in save chances | 04/25/2013 11:31 PM
NewsJoe Nathan picked up his seventh save in seven opportunities Thursday with a scoreless ninth against the Twins.
ImpactNathan's velocity remains down, and he's throwing more breaking balls to compensate. So far, it's working just fine for him, as he's allowed one run in 8 1/3 innings. He doesn't really look dominant, though.
Joe Nathan 3-for-3 in save chances | 04/12/2013 2:14 PM
NewsJoe Nathan has converted all three of his save chances while boasting a 1.80 ERA and 6/1 K/BB ratio over five frames this season.
ImpactThe lone run Nathan allowed came in an outing against the Rays Monday that could have been worse if not for Marty Foster's generous strike three call. Still, the 38-year-old has been lights-out otherwise and is on his way to again being one of the better fantasy closers this season.
Joe Nathan to take it easy this spring | 02/14/2013 7:28 PM
NewsJoe Nathan will be about a week behind the other Rangers' pitchers during spring training.
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ImpactNathan isn't injured, but the team just wants to bring the 38-year-old along slowly. He is the only one of the 31 healthy Rangers pitchers not to throw a live batting practice session yet. "At the age he is, we just want to make sure that any bullets we use down here are necessary," manager Ron Washington said. Nathan will be the team's closer again in 2013 after saving 37 games while posting a 2.80 ERA and 78/13 K/BB ratio over 64 1/3 innings last season.
Joe Nathan turns down invite to WBC | 01/16/2013 3:22 PM
NewsJoe Nathan declined an invitation to pitch for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
ImpactNathan is 38 years old and two years removed from Tommy John surgery, so his primary focus is pitching for the Rangers. "I respectfully declined," Nathan told ESPN Dallas via text. "It was a huge honor to be asked and I feel good, but I want to do right by the Rangers."
|Date||Team||Opp||GS||DEC||YTD W||YTD L||YTD SV||YTD ERA||CG||SHO||IP||H||R||ER||HR||BB||K||Status|
Career Regular Season Statistics
2014 Game Highs
|Most Innings Pitched (Relief)||1.0||56 times-last: vs. Bal||last: Oct 5||1.1|
|Most Strikeouts (Relief)||3||2 times-last: at Ana||last: Jul 24||3|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Innings Pitched||93.1||2000 (SF)|
|Games Started||15||2000 (SF)|
|Hits Allowed||89||2000 (SF)|
|Runs Allowed||63||2000 (SF)|
|Earned Runs Allowed||54||2000 (SF)|
|Home Runs Allowed||17||1999 (SF)|
|Earned Run Average||1.33*||2008 (Min)|